In Sickness

The debut memoir by Barrett Rollins out now

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In Sickness

The debut memoir by Barrett Rollins out now

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In Sickness

A memoir by Dr. Barrett Rollins

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Tune In

This collection of songs spans several genres and decades, but each of them plays an important role in the life and relationship of Barrett and Jane. The playlist features everything from an achingly beautiful classical piece by Brahms that was played at Jane’s funeral, to the sweetly romantic pop songs that punctuate the couple’s relationship. You can listen to the playlist here directly, or through Spotify. And to learn more about each song and its significance, check out the In Sickness Book Guide

Barrett Rollins, Oncologist and author of In Sickness

Photograph: Rick Wenner

About Barrett

Barrett Rollins is an oncologist and cancer researcher who has published over one hundred scholarly articles, chapters, and books. In Sickness is his debut work for a general audience. He is the Linde Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and was, for sixteen years, chief scientific officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Born and raised in Cleveland, he graduated from Amherst College—which also gave him an honorary Doctor of Science—and received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University where he was honored with its Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a long-time trustee of the Interlochen Center for the Arts and lives in Boston with his wife Lynn and their dogs, Skyler and Zeke.

Book Club

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Get in Touch

Dr. Rollins would love to hear from you. Please let us know if you would like to place a bulk order of books, request Dr. Rollins to speak at your book club, or anything else using the form on this page. Dr. Rollins is represented by Matthew Carnicelli at Carnicelli Literary Management.


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    243 E Front St.
    Traverse City, MI 49684

    on Saturday, July 15th, 2023, starting at 1:00 PM

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    450 West Nyack Rd
    West Nyack, NY 10994

    on Tuesday, October 24th, 2023, starting at 7:00 PM

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    1160 Dickinson Street
    Springfield, MA 01108

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